Antisocial Personality Disorder

Antisocial personality is a disorder in which an individual displays a pattern of disregard for or violation of the rights of others. The lack of morals often leads to crime, legal problems, and impulsive/aggressive behavior.

It is a chronic mental condition in which a person’s way of thinking, understanding situations and dealing with others becomes dysfunctional.

Individuals with APD frequently lack empathy, become cynical and are insensitive towards others. As a result, the disorder makes it difficult for individuals to fulfill their responsibilities related to family, work or school. Antisocial personality disorder symptoms may start occurring in childhood; however, they become more obvious in a person’s 20s and 30s.

Symptoms and Signs:

  • Disregard for right and wrong
  • Persistent lying or deception to exploit others
  • Using charm or wit to manipulate others for personal gain or for sheer personal pleasure
  • Intense egocentrism, sense of superiority and exhibitionism
  • Recurring difficulties with the law
  • Repeatedly violating the rights of others by the use of intimidation, dishonesty and misrepresentation
  • Child abuse or neglect
  • Hostility, significant irritability, agitation, impulsiveness, aggression or violence
  • Lack of empathy for others and lack of remorse about harming others
  • Unnecessary risk-taking or dangerous behaviors
  • Poor or abusive relationships
  • Irresponsible work behavior
  • Failure to learn from the negative consequences of behavior

A person can be diagnosed with APD when they have at least 4 of the above symptoms. APD is one of the hardest disorders to treat. Some forms of treatment include psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy and neuropsychological assessment.

Written By Dara Rashwan